4:45pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Politics

What A Debt Default Would Really Mean For The U.S.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (from left), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair host the first meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council last October.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Washington lawmakers returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, with just four weeks left to raise the federal debt ceiling or run the risk of a government default.

Many lawmakers insist that they won't vote to raise the debt limit unless there's also a deal to cut the deficit.

That would leave the government, which now borrows more than 40 cents of every dollar, suddenly without a working credit card.

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4:21pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Cisco Join China In Developing Massive Surveillance Network

In a piece today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Cisco Systems Inc. will help China build a massive surveillance network in the city of Chongqing. The technological part of it is impressive, as it will "cover cover a half-million intersections, neighborhoods and parks over nearly 400 square miles, an area more than 25% larger than New York City."

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4:20pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Managed Care Creeps Into The Doctor's Office

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Help wanted: Doctors to limit expensive tests, hospital visits and surgeries.

You're not likely to see such a brazen job listing, but managed care companies are getting into the business of running physician groups to keep costs down, as Kaiser Health News reported over the weekend.

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3:51pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

New UK Head Meets Rank and File

The new leader of the state's flagship university says he wants to meet with as many people, in as many departments, as quickly as possible. As Alan Lytle reports, the school's administration is doing its best to make that happen. New University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto continues to make the rounds getting to know the school's students, faculty, and staff.

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3:50pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Music Reviews

Femi And Seun Kuti Keep Their Father's Rebellious Beat

Femi Kuti and Seun Anikulapo-Kuti.
Julien Mignot; Kelechi Amadiobi Courtesy of Knitting Factory Records

Nigeria's Fela Kuti was the creator of Afrobeat, a funky, brassy, fiercely political style of music that earned a worldwide following before Fela's death in 1997. That following has only grown in the years since, in part because two of Fela's sons, Femi and Seun, carry on the Afrobeat tradition with bands, tours and recordings of their own.

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3:45pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Syrian Foreign Minister: Opposition Should Join 'Dialogue'

Even as there were more reports today about deaths of demonstrators in Syria, the country's foreign minister was telling reporters that President Bashar Assad's regime is serious about wanting a "national dialogue" that will lead to reform.

NPR's Deborah Amos was among the reporters who Walid Moallem spoke with in a series of one-on-one interviews in Damascus.

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3:14pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Candidates' Guide To Campaigning

In New Hampshire, Every Handshake Counts

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands while marching in the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

It's officially summer vacation time. But if you're a candidate running for president, you'll spend your summer shaking hands in early voting states. Here, a look at the required stops and must-see attractions in the first primary state, New Hampshire.

Up and at 'em, candidates — the campaign day in New Hampshire starts early. Those pancake breakfasts don't eat themselves.

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2:34pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Some $22 Billion In Gold, Diamonds, Jewels Found In Indian Temple

In Southern India a story that sounds like the plot line of a Hollywood adventure film is unfolding. Over the past week, on orders from the country's Supreme Court, a panel has found a treasure estimated to be worth $22 billion in the underground vaults of a Hindu temple in Trivandrum, India.

The AP reports:

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2:22pm

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty Of Killing Her Daughter

June 30, 2011: Casey Anthony listens to testimony during her murder trial in Orlando, Fla.
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Casey Anthony, the young Florida mother who has been a constant presence on the cable news networks during the trial about whether she murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie three years ago, was just found not guilty on the most serious charges against her.

A jury found her not guilty of first degree murder, not guilty of aggravated manslaughter and not guilty of aggravated child abuse.

She was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

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2:07pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Minnesota Budget Talks To Resume

Talks were scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon over a state government shutdown in Minnesota, where a deficit crunch has Democrats talking about raising taxes on the wealthy and Republicans insisting on spending cuts.

Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and the GOP-controlled legislature have been at odds since they were sworn in early this year. Talks broke down Thursday night, triggering the shutdown.

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